How to Clean Your Fireplace Bricks

November 10, 2017

With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably concerned about how your home is going to look when your family arrives for a visit. The fireplace is the center of attention during such a chilly time of year, and we all want to gather around the flames to warm ourselves. A fireplace also presents a homey, welcoming atmosphere for visitors, whoever they may be. However, with a dirty and sooty fireplace, the effect will be dampened, if not lost.

It’s important to keep your fireplace looking fresh, clean, and beautiful for the whole season. Here are a few quick tips to help you clean fireplace bricks!

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Step 1: Keep it cool.

Make sure that, before you get to cleaning, your fireplace is nice and cool. Wait at least 24 hours before you start your work. It might sound like a long time, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Step 2: Clear it out.

Getting rid of those charred pieces of wood is an essential part of cleaning. While using a tarp and rubber gloves, remove the wood from the fireplace. Keep the wood that is somewhat fresh and usable, and toss the burnt wood. Remove the grate, slide the tarp to the side, and get to work.

Step 3: Prevent dust.

Soot and debris can easily kick into the air while you’re cleaning a fireplace. To prevent this, sprinkle some used coffee grounds over the ash. Sweep the interior of your fireplace, and shovel out the rest of the debris before moving onto the next step.

Step 4: Clean the bricks!

There are a few aspects of cleaning fireplace bricks. If your bricks are over 50 years old, break out your water and start spraying. However, if they’re newer bricks, spray water onto them before you move onto a hearth cleaner. The chemicals in hearth cleaners are too harsh for older bricks. Use a scrub brush to gently clean the bricks, and then use a microfiber cloth to pat away the moisture.

Step 5: Clean the doors and grates.

Your fireplace may have glass doors or grated doors–in this case, you’ll want to wipe them down to get them sparkling again. Use hearth cleaner once again to wipe the glass, as it’s safer than window cleaner once you start a fire. The same is true for your grates, although you’ll need to spend a bit more time getting between the spaces. Make sure you also wipe down your grates that sit at the bottom of the fireplace.

Step 6: Clean up.

After you’ve placed everything back into your fireplace, take your tarp, soot, and burnt wood and discard of it. The tarp can be washed and reused, and the fire remains can be placed outdoors in a wooded area, where it will deteriorate.

Do you have a fireplace for the holiday season? Fireside Stone & Patio is here to help you! We want to give you the most beautiful fireplace you could imagine as the weather grows colder. Stay warm and stay satisfied with an Ellicott City, MD fireplace installation from Fireside.